Today is the feast of St. Gregory the Great, the patron of St. Gregory school in RCSD. Saint Gregory was an influential Pope and holy man. He showed great courage introducing new ideas into the Church. Lord help us to bring our own newness into your community of faith this year.
This weekend, on September 5th is the Feast day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, better known as Mother Teresa. She is the patroness of Mother Teresa Middle School here is Regina. We remember her courage and kindness in working with the poor and sick on the streets of India.
Mother Teresa was a very courageous woman but she was also kind. Sometimes it takes courage to be kind. Sophocles, an ancient Greek playwrite, wrote, "Kindness gives birth to kindness." How might one act of kindness lead to more kindness from others? [pause]
As we reflect on the work of St. Gregory and Mother Teresa, we ask God to bless us as we make new friends and learn together. Thank You, God, for this school year. Amen.
Let us pray with the words that Jesus taught us:
Our Father, Who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done,
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
We close our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.